Missouri Senator Who Said "I Hope Trump Is Assassinated" Refuses To Resign

The Missouri State Senator who published a Facebook post calling for President Donald Trump’s assassination is refusing to resign despite finding herself in hot water with both the Secret Service and her fellow Democrats, according to the Kansas City Star.

In her response, State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal struck what the newspaper described as a “defiant” tone, saying that she published the post out of “anger and frustration” after President Donald Trump said “both sides” were to blame for an attack in Charlottesville Va. last weekend that killed one counter-protester and injured more than 20 others. She explained that it would be hypocritical for her to be punished for her speech when Trump makes similarly offensive comments on a regular basis.

“Out of anger and frustration, I said something that could have been reframed,” she said. “And I refuse to shy away from the hypocrisy and chaos our country is enduring under Trump.”

Somewhat ironically, Chappelle-Nadal accused the White House of “traumatizing” people of color, saying in a tweet that “when (people of color) are respected by this (White House) & they are willing to do real work, I’ll sit down with them. People are traumatized!”

Several of Missouri’s top Democrats, including Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Webber and US Senator Claire McCaskill, who is one of 10 Democratic senators from a state won by Trump, joined the growing chorus of local lawmakers insisting that Chappelle-Nadal should go, according to the Hill.

“The Missouri Democrat told CBS News that she thought Democratic state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal's Facebook post, in which she said, "I hope Trump is assassinated," was "outrageous."

 

‘I condemn it. It's outrageous," McCaskill said. "And she should resign.’”

Even House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty, the Missouri legislature’s highest-ranking black Democrat, joined calls for Chappelle-Nadal’s resignation, saying she had “foreited the right” to hold office.

“Also calling for her resignation was House Minority Leader Gail McCann Beatty, a Kansas City Democrat and the highest-ranking black lawmaker in Missouri.

 

‘Suggestions of violence have no place in our political discourse, and an elected official who expresses hope for someone’s murder has forfeited the right to hold office,’ McCann Beatty said. ‘Given state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal’s repugnant social media post suggesting the president should be assassinated, she must resign."

Meanwhile, the Missouri Legislative Black Caucus said it “does not condone” her comments, but stopped short of calling for Chappelle-Nadal to resign.  

“Although we hold both offices in very high respects, their inappropriate behavior and disturbing comments only act as catalyst for more violence and racial division in our country.”

If she doesn’t go willingly, Chappelle-Nadal’s colleagues in the senate could vote to expel her using a provision of the Missouri Constitution that requires a two-thirds vote. Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens has already endorsed her expulsion.

 “Lt. Gov. Mike Parson’s office said Friday that he would call for Chappelle-Nadal’s expulsion from office under Article III, Section 18 of the Missouri Constitution, which allows the Senate to expel a member with a two-thirds vote.


Gov. Eric Greitens endorsed her removal by Senate vote in a statement Friday: “Senator Chappelle-Nadal said she hopes the President is killed. Republicans and Democrats have called on her to resign. Her response: ‘Hell no.’ Last night, in an interview, she refused to apologize — twice.


‘If she will not resign, the Senate can vote to remove her. I believe they should.’”

The controversy started last week when Chappelle-Nadal posted, then deleted a comment on Facebook which read, "I hope Trump is assassinated!" Unfortunately, as Chappelle-Nadal should have learned by now, the internet never forgets, and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch managed to get its hands on the post and published it.

The Secret Service, which tends to take threats on the life of the President seriously, has already confirmed they're investigating the situation.

“The U.S. Secret Service is investigating a Facebook post from Missouri state Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, D-University City, in which she stated: "I hope Trump is assassinated!"

 

The U.S. Secret Service's St. Louis field office "is looking into this," the office confirmed.

 

Kristina Schmidt, special agent in charge, told the Post-Dispatch that "hypothetically" in such investigations, agents try to "determine intent, to determine if there was a violation of federal law. If there is, then we refer it to the U.S. Attorney."

 

‘Our primary goal is to determine if there is intent and meaning behind it,’ Schmidt said.”

As the pressure to resign or be fired continues to intensify, we suspect Chappelle-Nadal will be updating her LinkedIn page in the very near future, despite the best efforts of the fledgling "I Stand With Maria" movement, which is probably just her immediate friends and family, anyway.
 

Comments

GUS100CORRINA CRM114 Sat, 08/19/2017 - 19:16 Permalink

Missouri Senator Who Said "I Hope Trump Is Assassinated" Refuses To ResignMy response: She needs to resign or be removed. You might say, that sounds heartless? The problem is that our young people look at these people in authority as behavioral examples. We have a MARXIST PROGRESSIVE LIBERAL LEFT that needs to understand that this kind of behavior coming from a PUBLIC official is NOT ACCEPTABLE and has CONSEQUENCES.

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moimeme (not verified) CRM114 Sat, 08/19/2017 - 20:24 Permalink

TRUMP during his campaign:"I could shoot someone in the middle of 5th Avenue and I would not lose vote."

Example?

Well let's start with Trump resigning then.

Unless Trump's "someone" is less important than his godship the Potus.

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CRM114 moimeme (not verified) Sat, 08/19/2017 - 20:35 Permalink

Proof, if it were needed, that Trump was the best of a bad choice of two, not the best choice.I reckon at least 3 million Americans could do a better job than him, and I can think of at least 5 I know. but they aren't all billionaires with a nationally-recognised face who can get nominated by one of the two parties that run everything.

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fleur de lis CRM114 Sat, 08/19/2017 - 20:54 Permalink

Another angry self identified victim with a chip on the shoulder.She is ever on the lookout for a persecutor.Angry victims are unfit for public office since they must fairly govern all kinds of people, including those who look like their imagined persecutors.Victim = Persecutor = Rescuer = Victim etc.Karpman Drama Triangle.She needs  a psych eval and treatment.If she does not cooperate she cannot govern others.

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fleur de lis JSBach1 Sun, 08/20/2017 - 09:15 Permalink

Foregone conclusion.Since the MSM judges and juries can't really bay for blood anymore as they did during their Bolshevik golden years, they would instead bay for personal destruction and permanent job loss.Their volunteer army of guttersnipes, snowflakes, various victims, academians, and working or professional welfare Bolsheviks would take to the streets in search of justice targets.And since money grows on trees the taxpayers will pay for their antics and clean up their mess.Because we all know that only whitey is rayciss.So mentally ill social justice guardians like Ms. Maria have the task of keeping order.    

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TwelveOhOne Moe Hamhead Sun, 08/20/2017 - 08:46 Permalink

Spot on, it's no comparison at all.It's like saying that his caught-on-tape (fortunately!) incident about "grabbing them by the pussy" -- he was saying how weird it is that these "rock star" types are able to get away with behavior that an ordinary man would be jailed for.And the left-bent media says "Trump likes to grab pussies".  Nowhere near the sentiment that he expressed!In this case, he is saying a hypothetical.  In her case, she specifically said she hoped the president would be murdered.  She's talking about a specific person and not only that, the highest office in this land.  She should be fired.

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Chupacabra-322 StarGate Sat, 08/19/2017 - 20:57 Permalink

@'Star,

All of the anger and violence that we have seen lately has greatly tainted the Democratic Party.

The Democrats have become the party of Kathy Griffin.

The Democrats have become the party of Antifa and mock Trump assassinations.
And the Democrats have become the party of James Hodgkinson.

U.S. Representative Tim Ryan was right on the ball when he admitted that his party’s brand has now become “toxic” in much of the nation…

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StarGate Chupacabra-322 Sat, 08/19/2017 - 23:13 Permalink

Yes it has been an eye opener to see so much anger and hatred come out since Trump won. It was in there and he has been a lightening rod to bring it to the surface. Like an abscess that needs to pop in order to heal.

If Hillary had won, imagine there would be disappointment, but most would have seen it as business as usual and gotten on with their lives.

Let the Healing begin.

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VW Nerd divingengineer Sat, 08/19/2017 - 21:40 Permalink
  • Diving engineer...amazed by your downvotes.  Looks like ZH'ers have become so idealogically paralyzed they don't see a possible trap.  Calling for the thought police to go after her for simply saying she HOPED DT would get assasinated leaves the door wide open for going after anyone on this website for the plethora of inflammatory comments made on this site.  For the downvoters....think about THAT!  ZH'ers are too smart to be thinking one move ahead.

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Nekoti VW Nerd Sat, 08/19/2017 - 22:00 Permalink

Maybe, just maybe, ZH'ers are sick and tired of playing fair and playing by he rules, but yet they are still demonized by the 'left'. As far as the 'thought police',that you mention, are concerned, I doubt anyone who post regular on ZH would call for any 'police' to go after anyone expressing their view.

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pods jcaz Sun, 08/20/2017 - 11:10 Permalink

No, hoping for an outcome isn't a crime. She should be removed for what she said, but she didn't threaten the life of the president. It's a very good point to bring up, as most of us here have wished some type of misfortune on those we perceive as enemies. Remove her as unfit for office, but she didn't threaten the life of the president. pods

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